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Sun May 15, 2011
Author Interviews

Bike-Mad Author Finds 'Happiness On Two Wheels'

Before setting off on his quest for two-wheeled perfection, author Robert Penn had already logged 25,000 miles biking around the globe.
Bloomsbury USA

British author Robert Penn has ridden a bicycle almost every day for the past 36 years. He owns six bikes — for summer riding, winter riding, everyday commuting and everything in between. But not one was exactly right. Penn needed the perfect bike.

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Sun May 15, 2011

IMF Chief's Arrest Stuns France

IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn's arrest Saturday has shocked France, where he was widely expected to run for the French presidency next year.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

The arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, for alleged criminal sexual behavior against a hotel maid in New York City has shocked France where he was widely expected to be the presidential candidate of the Socialist Party a year from now.

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Sun May 15, 2011

Democratic CPACs Aim To Even The Score

"Crossroads GPS is responsible for the content of this advertising." That line, tacked on to the end of political ads airing in New York's 26th District right now, is easy enough to miss. It signals an ad is one of many paid for by the conservative political action committee.

The group, founded by Karl Rove, has been pouring big money into television ads for the Republican candidate in the special election — about $350,000 for a week of airtime. It's a tactic that worked to the advantage of Republicans in 2010. Now Democrats want to get in on the action.

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Sun May 15, 2011
NPR Story

Blighted Areas Now A Calif. Budget Battleground

California officials are locked in a bitter stalemate over how to close the $15.4 billion budget deficit. One idea pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown is to do away with an economic development program that's been around since the 1950s and has helped transform blighted cities across California.


Sun May 15, 2011

IMF Chief Faces Sex-Assault Charges

The leader of the International Monetary Fund and a possible candidate for president of France was yanked from an airplane moments before it was to depart for Paris and arrested in the alleged sexual assault of a hotel maid, police said.

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